FX Sets American Crime Story, Baskets Premieres — Shifts Americans to March

Rev up the white Bronco — FX has set a premiere date for American Crime Story: The People Vs. O.J. Simpson.

The network announced today that Ryan Murphy’s limited-run look at the infamous O.J. Simpson murder trial will debut on Tuesday, February 2 at 10/9c.

Meanwhile, Baskets, FX’s new Zach Galifianakis comedy, will kick off on Thursday January 21 at 10/9c.

As the network launches that pair of newcomers, it will hold off the Season 4 premiere of The Americans until March — which will mark the Russian spy drama’s latest premiere thus far. FX said the Keri Russell-Mathew Rhys vehicle’s exact launch date has yet to be determined.

Sister network FXX also revealed premiere dates for two of its returning comedies: It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, will be back for Season 11 on Wednesday, January 6 at 10/9c, while Man Seeking Woman returns for Season 2 the same night, at 10:30/9:30c.

American Crime Story is be based on Jeffrey Toobin’s book The Run of His Life: The People V. O.J. Simpson, which, according to FX, “explores the chaotic behind-the-scenes dealings and maneuvering on both sides of the court, and how a combination of prosecution overconfidence, defense shrewdness, and the LAPD’s history with the city’s African-American community gave a jury what it needed: reasonable doubt.” It stars Cuba Gooding Jr. as Simpson, Sarah Paulson as prosecutor Marcia Clark, John Travolta as Robert Shapiro, Courtney B. Vance as Johnny Cochran, David Schwimmer as Robert Kardashian and Connie Britton as Faye Resnick.

Baskets follows Galifianakis’ title character as he pursues his goal of being a French clown, despite “financial difficulties and an impenetrable language barrier.”

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  1. wrstlgirl says:

    Doesn’t matter to me when the air The Americans. I’ll be there. I’ll probably check out American Crime Story. I have to wonder if it will really be based on fact or fluff. Or both.

  2. Taylor says:

    ugh… i literally count days to new episodes of The Americans!! now more wait? not fair FX!! on the other hand, it will be kinda good as it will be fresh in minds of emmy voters who have been robbing this amazing hsow andcast for last three years! #WishfulThinking

  3. Murica! says:

    MARCH??? This is ridiculous!!

  4. Paul says:

    I’m not happy about delaying, “The Americans ” until March. That is ridiculous too wait this long due to the OJ movie. Really?

  5. nosleep3 says:

    They’re delaying The Americans for Zach Galifianakis? His show’s premise sounds like someone threw a bunch of Pictionary cards in the air, picked up the ones that landed in a circle, and decided to turn that into a script. I do NOT appreciate being forced to wait an extra two months for my favorite, carefully crafted show because someone decided to see how much nonsense the network would let them get away with.

    • pete32782 says:

      Seriously? Nowhere in the article did it say anything about Baskets being the reason The Americans is delayed. Maybe there were production issues with the show. Maybe FX just thinks ratings will be better if they delay. Maybe you should quit trashing other shows you’ve never seen because you’re butthurt your favorite show is delayed. Grow up.

  6. I’m pretty sure a retread of the OJ thing won’t be anywhere near as interesting as The Americans. I won’t be watching this. And French clowns? I think not.

  7. Spence says:

    The real question is: when will Americans season 3 be available on Amazon Prime or Netflix disks???

  8. Ram510 says:

    So farms issue with the show is the title. It’s like the bridge that muddles all the titles between The Americans, American Crime, American Horror Story and now American Crime Story. It’s time to find better titles

  9. Heathers says:

    Sounds to me that Ryan Murphy threw a hissy fit, and FX caved in and gave him his premiere previous to and during sweeps. Seems like they’re going to screw over the whole production of The Americans for their Precious.